Neighborhood Pride Challenge (NPC)

Grants to North Chautauqua, New York Nonprofits,
Schools, and Businesses for Community Building Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 176985
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF)

02/17/17 4:00 PM

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Grants to collaborations of North Chautauqua County, New York community groups, schools, nonprofits, businesses, and other organizations working together on community building, development, and enhancement projects. Funding is intended to support projects that inspire local residents to build pride for their neighborhoods through projects that transform landscapes, unite neighbors, and create a sense of belonging.

Proposals submitted are required to be neighborhood-driven and should foster partnerships among a cross-section of community groups, encourage residents to take pride in their neighborhood, and strengthen neighbor-to-neighbor connections.

To be successful, Neighborhood Pride projects will:

- Increase volunteerism and neighborhood stewardship;
- Involve multiple community partners working together;
- Improve the physical appearance of neighborhoods;
- Increase interactions between, and break down barriers among, neighborhood groups (such as churches, businesses, sports leagues, garden clubs, neighborhood watch group, book clubs, etc.);
- Create welcoming spaces to play and gather;
- Preserve the uniqueness of neighborhoods;
- Include a plan to maintain the relationships established through the project; and
- Include a plan to maintain community projects established through the NPC.

Examples of suggested projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Restoration of natural ecology and tree planting
- Dual‐use public plaza artists market
- Reviving a deteriorated strip to a productive greenway
- Engagement of student planners
- Creating a community commons area
- Creating a walking path to foster healthy, active living
- Public Art
- Community Gardens
- Events (cultural celebrations, block parties, local history speakers)
- Painting Projects
- Engaging local history groups
- Greening of public areas
- Vacant storefront initiatives
- Community lighting/solar project
- Development and expansion of innovative parks and playfields
- Renovating a vacant building for a community center
- Multi‐use public spaces
- Creative Landscape Projects
- Walkable, Bikeable greenway, Raised‐garden “foodway”
- Engagement of seniors/elders with reference to neighborhood’s history

The NCCF will consider grant requests up to $10,000.

Proposed projects must include a partnership of at least of two community groups, schools, nonprofits, businesses, or other organizations.

Each project should:

- Have a three‐year maintenance plan for the projects established through NPC.
- Involve residents in the planning and implementation of the project.

Projects must not:

- Duplicate or replace funding for existing private or public programs.
- Conflict with existing municipal policies.

Match Requirement:

Each project is required to obtain a 1:1 match. The match could be in the form of volunteer hours, donated supplies, business sponsorships, proceeds from fundraisers, and direct cash donations. The Neighborhood Pride Challenge applicants may be asked to meet with the NPC Committee to discuss their proposal.

You must write a Letter of Interest to apply for this grant. It must be no longer than three pages and received by 4:00 PM on February 17, 2017.

If your letter is accepted, you will be invited to meet with members of the NPC Committee to discuss your project in‐depth.

It is important to consider how municipal permitting may affect your project.  You may
wish to consult with your municipality prior to submitting your letter of interest.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted electronically to Eileen Dunn at

For more information, contact Eileen Dunn at the above email address or by calling 716-366-4892.

Additional Contact Information:

212 Lake Shore Drive West
Dunkirk, NY 14048

Fax: 716-366-3905

Northern Chautauqua County

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